Legislative Update: Proposed Increases for Adult Education

Proposed Increases for Adult Education

We wanted to share news about the FY2020 House appropriations process. 

Last week, the House Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee budget proposal, which includes adult education, was released. It calls for an $11.7 billion overall increase, including a 6 percent increase for the Department of Education. TODAY, the House Appropriations Committee will meet to consider FY2020 allocations for the 12 government funding bills, including a mark-up of the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee bill. 

The funding levels for each program within Labor-HHS-Education have been posted. Tables for Title II – Adult Education & Family Literacy Act – under WIOA call for a 3.5 percent increase. State grants were increased by just over $23 million and National Leadership Activities remain unchanged at $13.7 million. 

Adult education proposed funding levels for each program within Labor-HHS-Education.

Most noteworthy is that this proposed increase means that the House funding request for Title II is at WIOA authorized funding levels. Until now, the funding has not been at the authorized levels since WIOA was reauthorized in 2014.

We encourage you to contact your representatives to thank them for this proposed increase and encourage them to continue to support adult education. The Senate appropriators have yet to mark up any bills. It is unlikely senators will propose the same increases. This makes it is even more important to contact your senators to urge full support full of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.

Thank you for all that you do for adult education.



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